The Zen of Improv: The Hardiest Easiest Work (Part One)

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But the basic take-away I gleaned from my time with TJ and David is that the show is just fine as it is and any effort we put forth will only fuck it up. We can’t TRY to be funnier. We can’t TRY to be better listeners. We can’t TRY to be more skilled improvisers. Any trying we do ends up looking clunky and unseemly to the audience. Instead, the idea is to approach improvisation as an act of non-doing. Which is different than not doing anything. It’s about being fully present in the moment unfolding gloriously onstage. It’s about opening ourselves to improvising well. It’s about not trying. I guess, it’s about just being.